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Chernobyl 30 years on: Kingston University radiation expert Dr Alan Flowers reflects on impact of worst nuclear accident in history

Posted Thursday 28 April 2016

Chernobyl 30 years on: Kingston University radiation expert Dr Alan Flowers reflects on impact of worst nuclear accident in history

An expert from Kingston University returned to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident as part of an international delegation of scientists commemorating the 30th anniversary of the disaster. Dr Alan Flowers, the University's radiological protection officer and principal lecturer in engineering, has dedicated much of his academic career to working on educational initiatives and research projects examining the widespread impact of the 1986 explosion - the worst nuclear accident in history.

On 26 April that year, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine - then part of the Soviet Union - exploded, releasing huge quantities of radioactive matter over a wide area of the USSR and Europe. In the days following the explosion, Dr Flowers measured the level of fallout that had spread as far as Kingston University. This became the catalyst for a major teaching and research project that he headed, examining nuclear energy in general and the Chernobyl incident in particular....


Endurance runner Susie Chan enters Guinness World Records' books after verification of 12-hour treadmill distance set at Kingston University

Posted Tuesday 26 April 2016

Endurance runner Susie Chan enters Guinness World Records' books after verification of 12-hour treadmill distance set at Kingston University

Ultra runner Susie Chan has officially entered the record books after a 12-hour treadmill feat completed earlier this year at Kingston University was verified by Guinness World Records.

The 40 year old, who was supported by a team of sport science and exercise experts in the University's human performance laboratory, set a new women's world record for greatest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours on 30 January. Her distance of 68.54 miles (110.24km) beat the previous official record distance of 60.26 miles (96.98km), set by Dee Boland in October last year....


More than 350 Kingston alumni celebrate last orders at the Penrhyn Road bar

Posted Thursday 21 April 2016

More than 350 Kingston alumni celebrate last orders at the Penrhyn Road bar

Friday night saw more than 350 alumni reunite on campus to say goodbye to the Penrhyn Road bar.

From those who graduated in 1982 to those who graduated in 2015, alumni of all ages came together to sing, dance and share their memories of the iconic Kingston nightspot....


Kingston University illustration graduate draws royal approval with new book released to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Posted Wednesday 20 April 2016

Kingston University illustration graduate draws royal approval with new book released to mark Queen's 90th birthday

A Kingston University graduate has impressed the Queen with a new children's book released to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday. The Birthday Crown by Italian author Davide Cali and illustrator Kate Slater, who studied BA Illustration at Kingston University, tells the story of the monarch's struggle to pick a crown to wear on her special day.Image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016 illustrations: Kate Slater.

In the book, published by the Royal Collection Trust, a long line of suggestions for a suitable headpiece is put forward by royal jewellers, gardeners, and stable boys - from a bird cage to a disco ball and even a crown in the shape of a fairground carousel....


Comedian Ruby Wax opens up to Kingston University students about her mental health battles and work to combat stigma

Posted Tuesday 19 April 2016

Comedian Ruby Wax opens up to Kingston University students about her mental health battles and work to combat stigma

Ruby Wax came to Kingston University on Tuesday 12 April to talk to students about living with a mental health condition, and overcoming the associated obstacles and stigma. Best known for her comedy and insightful and probing celebrity interviews, Ruby recently found herself the poster girl for mental illness and in 2015 received an OBE for services to mental health.

"It started by accident," she said, speaking to a packed lecture theatre at the University. "I agreed to have my picture on some images for Comic Relief, thinking it would be a little thing somewhere, and suddenly I was all over the tube. I figured that if I was now ‘out', I may as well make something out of it, so I wrote my first show based on mental health."...


Eating dark chocolate every day could help boost athletic performance, Kingston University research reveals

Posted Monday 18 April 2016

Eating dark chocolate every day could help boost athletic performance, Kingston University research reveals

Dark chocolate has already been hailed for its positive effects on cardiovascular health – and now a study undertaken at London's Kingston University has found the tasty treat could help give sports enthusiasts an extra edge in their fitness training.

A team led by postgraduate research student Rishikesh Kankesh Patel discovered that dark chocolate provides similar benefits to beetroot juice, now taken regularly by elite athletes after studies showed it can improve performance. "Beetroot juice is rich in nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. This dilates blood vessels and reduces oxygen consumption – allowing athletes to go further for longer," Mr Patel explained....


The Humans by author Matt Haig chosen to be focus of this year's Kingston University Big Read project for new students

Posted Thursday 14 April 2016

The Humans by author Matt Haig chosen to be focus of this year's Kingston University Big Read project for new students

Kingston University has selected The Humans by Matt Haig as this year's novel for an annual initiative offering students the chance to settle in to campus life by reading the same book.

Launched last year, the Kingston University Big Read sees all new undergraduate and postgraduate students receive a special-edition copy of a chosen book to welcome them to the University and help bring them together through a shared experience. Kingston University is the first higher education institution in the United Kingdom to establish the scheme on a scale that involves the whole university community. It mirrors similar highly popular projects in the United States....


Ingenious ideas and innovative approaches applauded at Kingston University's annual Celebrate Enterprise awards

Posted Thursday 14 April 2016

Ingenious ideas and innovative approaches applauded at Kingston University's annual Celebrate Enterprise awards

A test that could revolutionise the way bacteria such as MRSA and MSSA are detected in hospitals, a water safety device set to improve search and rescue training and a student-focused travel company were just some of the ventures recognised at this year's Kingston University Celebrate Enterprise Awards.

The team of scientists behind a medical advance that has the potential to change the way hospitals pinpoint methicillin susceptible and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA and MRSA) has become the proud holder of the gong for commercial entrepreneur. Chemists Dr Adam Le Gresley, Dr Alex Sinclair and microbiologists Professor Mark Fielder and Dr Lauren Mulcahy have developed a test expected to make screening for the bacteria that can cause serious infections in hospital patients significantly faster and cheaper while remaining just as effective....

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